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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Entry-level Fujitsu TH700 Tablet PC

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 12:00 PM

"Regular reader Acerbic, in following up my review of the Fujitsu Lifebook T900, ran across a new product listing tucked into the Fujitsu site over the weekend: the Lifebook TH700..."

Full-featured, a bit chunky, and considered to be an "entry level" Tablet PC. Fujitsu appears to be positioning this PC as a direct competitor to the HP TouchSmart TM2, at a slightly higher price point, but with slightly better specifications.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cisco Plans for Business Tablet (Cius)

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 09:30 PM

"Thanks to the iPad, tablet computers are finally a hot consumer item, after many false starts. Now Cisco Systems said it aims to take the tablet computer into the business world with its own device, to launch early next year."

Image credit: Cisco Systems

With Cisco's upcoming Cius Android-powered tablet scheduled for 2011, their long-term direction is becoming more clear: provide a tablet computer (and/or "thin client") that will connect to (and interoperate with) their world class videoconferencing platform, TelePresence, as well as a host of other complementary tools like potentially Citrix and/or VMWare. For more details, see Cisco's information page (link).

Samsung N230 Netbook Boasts 13.8 Hours of Battery Life

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Samsung Laptops & Netbooks" @ 03:34 PM

"Come June 28th Sammy will rid the world of sadness and begin selling its latest netbook with your choice of 1.66GHz N450 or 1.83GHz N470 Atom processors and options for 32Wh and 66Wh batteries for up to 7- or a whopping 13.8-hours of power, respectively."

Samsung's netbooks have rarely caught my eye, but they've kept at it, and the N230 looks like it could be contender. The palm rest area looks like brushed metal, and the overall design is quite visually pleasing. The 1.83 Ghz Atom N470 would provide a bit of a boost, but the real big news here is the amazing 13.8 hours of battery life courtesy of the 66Wh battery. The question is, how big/heavy does the back end of the netbook get when you have the big battery attached? Full press release after the break. Read more...

Viliv N5 Reviewed

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Other Laptops & Netbooks" @ 06:30 AM

"It goes without saying, then, that I really enjoy using the Viliv N5. It's a device I reach for often and use for long stretches of time because it's so comfortable and reliable. I haven't experienced a crash, hiccup, or even a single moment of frustration and would easily give it 4.5 out of 5 stars (too bad I don't use a rating system). Bottom line: If you're looking for the best truly portable Windows PC on the market, then this is it."

Windows 7 on a 4.8" screen? I'll give it a try, but ouch! There is so much extra space available for a bigger screen, I guess they are trying to conserve the battery. Otherwise, I'd really, really like a device this size that could run Windows 7, even for just basic apps. It would make a very nice travel companion!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dell Launches Inspiron R Series Laptops

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Dell Laptops & Netbooks" @ 12:10 PM

"Today, more than ever, families are looking to technology as an extra set of hands - one that helps them stay connected, quickly cross items off daily ‘to-do' lists, and keep them entertained. The new Inspiron R laptops were designed with this in mind - making it easier than ever to access personal files and securely share photos and videos wirelessly, as well to enjoy the ideal mobile personal entertainment hub, offering smooth video playback, surround sound and a built-in Webcam. Wrapped in curvy edges, smooth lines and available in four unique colorful finishes with chrome accents, the Inspiron R laptops are as beautifully designed as they are useful. With several display sizes ranging from 14-inch models that fit perfectly in a messenger bag, to home and dorm room-friendly 15- and 17-inch versions, the Inspiron R boasts a contemporary and sleek appearance that will make anyone feel good about bringing it out in the classroom or the local coffee shop."

Dell's new series of Inspiron R laptops are your typical budget affairs, albeit with a fit of extra flair - the design looks pretty nice, and with the rounded edges, gives the laptops a less brick-like appearance. Prices start at $549 USD and go up to $979 USD. Curiously, as I look at the product page for the Inspiron R series, I can't help but notice that there are virtually no hardware customization options. The one and only choice for hardware customization is the colour - red, black, blue, or pink. Read more...

Asus Eee 1201N Sports Dual-Core

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Asus Laptops & Netbooks" @ 06:00 AM

"At $500, the 1201N hits the upper end of the netbook range. But that buys you Ion graphics, dual-core processing power, 2GB of RAM, a real version of Windows 7, and a screen that can display 720p video. Next-gen Ion systems will have better battery life, but will they be dual-core? We’ve gotta give Asus credit for releasing a 12-inch netbook with moxie and proving that Atom isn’t dead yet."

A lot of netbooks have really become commodity items with not much differentiating the different models. The 1201N, breaks that mold and provides a dual-core machine where most other models are trying to eek out every last minute of battery life instead. So, if you aren't away from a power outlet for too long and can stand just a little more than 3 hours of battery life, you can pick up a netbook that doesn't come with a crippled version of Windows 7 and could actually run some less intense games.

Dell Streak Reviewed

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Dell Streak" @ 03:00 AM

"Dell have worked hard to produce something rather unique, that is a small form factor tablet device (or a large form factor phone device) that has a decent balance of size against functionality. Their customisation of the Android operating system onto the machine has been carried out with aplomb and the interface is a pleasure to interact with. Final thought would I buy a Streak? That is difficult, if it felt a little more robust, and had the software glitches fixed, then yes. Otherwise if I bought one now I'd be handling it very carefully and complaining to Dell over the few bugs that are in there!"

Whenever this hits the US, I'll seriously consider upgrading IF..... It is available on Verizon for a reasonable cost. It has a more current version of Android and looks to be on a faster upgrade schedule. It has a better screen resolution. Until then, just a bunch of wait and see.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Toshiba's AC100 Android Netbook

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Toshiba Laptops & Netbooks" @ 02:30 PM

"For starters, this super slim smartbook runs Android 2.1 on a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 250 SoC (built around a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor) capable of about 8 hours of browsing and video playback (and 7 days standby) before needing a recharge. It's also packing a 32GB SSD, 512MB of DDR2 memory, 802.11n WiFi, optional 3G data, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, and an HDMI jack beneath that 10.1-inch 1,024 x 600 pixel display."

I'd be curious to see how Android scales to a netbook. I'm really happy with it on my phone, but I'm not sure the experience would fit a netbook/laptop very well. But if it handles the apps that most people use netbooks for and offers great portability and battery life, the platform might gain some traction. Rumors have this priced in the upper end of the netbook arena.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Libretto Reimagined

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 03:00 PM

"It’s hard not to compare the Toshiba Libretto W100 to the ill-fated Microsoft Courier or the equally ill-fated original concept designs for the next-generation OLPC XO Laptop. But the Libretto W100 is something different. The computer runs Windows 7, has an Intel ULV processor, and has a starting price of nearly $1100."

The original Libretto brings back fond memories for me of days gone by; where computers were basic tools to do word processing and spreadsheet. How things have changed! The reimagined Libretto does look pretty, and I think the concept has some merit, but I wuestion the choice of a 7" display. There is a reason why manufacturers started offering 8.9", 10" and 11" netbooks. Unless one eats six pounds of carrots a day, a 7" display at a decent resolution is a test worse than an optometrist. With a screen that small, Windows 7 is probably not the best operating system to go with.

More Ambiguity About the HP Windows Slate

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "HP Slate" @ 06:30 AM

"So in the case of the Windows slate PC, HP has done something unusual: It’s gone from hyping a product to refusing to talk about it. And McKinney’s explanation that he can’t say anything until the Palm deal is official doesn’t explain everything. For one thing, an HP Windows slate and an HP WebOS slate aren’t mutually exclusive concepts: The company could make both. And the fact that the Palm acquisition is still a work in progress didn’t prevent McKinney from saying that HP does intend to make WebOS tablets. I see only one possibility here: HP’s Windows slate PC is dead. Doesn’t mean that there won’t be some sort of Windows-powered HP tablet someday, but this one isn’t happening."

I'd really like to know why HP isn't coming out with the Windows Slate. From the demo, it looked promising, so I wonder if they demo'd features they weren't capabale of offering? Which, I guess if you can't do it right, you shouldn't do it. Alternatively, did they wimp out and decide not to compete with Apple? If so, I think that was a mistake, because I think there are enough recognized flaws with the iPad that had a competing product come out that addressed those issues, it probably would have done well.

Toshiba's Mini NB250

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Toshiba Laptops & Netbooks" @ 03:00 AM

"The new Mini NB250 boasts a typical 1,024 x 600 resolution backlit LED, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455 CPU, integrated GMA 3150 graphics, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 250GB hard drive. It's also packing three USB ports, a multicard reader and a webcam, plus 802.11 b/g/n wireless, Ethernet and Bluetooth. It comes with a three-cell battery standard, but there's an optional six-cell which will purportedly get you around eight and a half hours of life."

At $299 the Toshiba NB250 looks like a solid entry at the value end of the netbook line. I'd like to see the bottom end get a slight upgrade in screen resolution, but other than that, most of the other upgrades to the higher end models, I can live without.

Friday, June 18, 2010

New Toshiba Satellites Fall to Earth

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Toshiba Laptops & Netbooks" @ 02:00 AM

The A665 3D Satellite is designed for entertainment and gaming, and sports a 15.6 inch TrueBrite® HD widescreen LED backlit screen, NVIDIA's 3D Vision kit, Blu-ray with 3D playback, and NVIDIA GeForce GTS 350M graphics with 1GB of VRAM. Under the hood is an Intel Core i7-740QM processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 640GB hard drive. The A665 starts at $1,599, including accessories for 3D viewing.

If you're not quite ready for 3D but like the A665's specs, $799.99 MSRP and up will get you a similar configuration, without 3D, but also with a TrueBrite® HD widescreen LED backlit screen.

The smaller M645 Satellite offers extensive configuration options to go with a standard 14 inch screen: a choice of Intel's Core i3, i5 or i7, or an AMD Phenom II Quad Core CPU, NVIDIA Optimus auto-switching graphics, Blu-ray, 7200 RPM drives. The M645 will start at $729.99 MSRP.

The A665 and M645 both have Toshiba's Sleep-and-Music technology, allowing you to power down your Satellite, plug in your music player, and use the laptop's speakers.

According to Toshiba, both systems will be available at major brick-and-mortar and online retailers starting June 20, 2010. Engadget has a nice gallery of images to check out.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Toshiba Dynabook Qosmio V65: TV on the Go

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Toshiba Laptops & Netbooks" @ 08:05 PM

Image credit: CrunchGear

Just in time to catch some of soccer’s 2010 World Cup from South Africa, Toshiba’s Qosmio V65 sports a decent processor/co-processor and memory specs: Intel i5-450M at 2.40GHz and 4GB, solid multimedia hardware: a digital tuner, Harmon-Kardon speakers, and Blu-Ray optical drive. Oddly, only 1366x768 video resolution is offered on a 15.6 inch LCD. Priced at slightly under $2000, and weighing in at 6.6 pounds, the Qosmio V65 is scheduled for a mid-June 2010 release in Japan. Availability outside of Japan yet to-be-determined.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What Was Your First Laptop? This Was Mine...

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 03:28 PM

My first laptop was a Fujitsu Lifebook E-Series; an E-6575 to be exact. Above is a photo of a 6000 series model that's very close to what I had. I wasn't sure if I had any photos of it - I bought it back in 2001, almost a decade ago (boy, that makes me feel old) - but I scoured the archives of my photos and discovered one image... Read more...

Monday, June 14, 2010

Archos Getting Into the Netbook Game

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Laptops & Netbooks" @ 09:15 AM

Archos, better known to the world for making small to medium-sized media playing slates, is getting into the netbook game. The attractively-designed product features a dual-core Atom D510, Windows 7 Home Premium, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, a 13.3 inch screen at 1366 x 768, a 160 GB hard drive, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, three USB 2.0 ports, one VGA port, a memory card reader (SDHC, MMC), a 1.3 megapixel webcam, and a 6-cell battery powering the whole thing. It weighs in at 1.6 KG, and is 1.06 inches thick when closed. Two more pictures after the break. Read more...

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